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Platinum Picnic at Rochester Castle

2nd June - 5th June 2022

Bring a picnic and join the party at Medway’s Platinum Jubilee big screen in Rochester Castle Gardens.

Watch all the action from London on a big screen in the castle grounds

The picnic site also features funfair rides, food and more

Avoid the capital’s crowds and see the Queen’s Birthday Parade, service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Platinum Jubilee Pageant, surrounded by friends and family, with our City’s very own castle as your backdrop.

Sing-along with the orchestra live from Horse Guards Parade and don’t forget your picnic… why not try Coronation chicken with the crusts cut off for a stately sandwich!

  • Queen's Birthday Parade from Horse Guards Parade: 10am, Thursday, 2 June
  • Service of Thanksgiving from St Paul's Cathedral: 9.15am, Friday, 3 June
  • Platinum Party at the Palace: 7.30pm, Saturday, 4 June
  • Platinum Jubilee Pageant from London: 1pm, Sunday, 5 June

In addition to the big screen there will be a four-day craft fair and themed entertainers and characters performing in the castle grounds. 

The picnic site will be open 10am-6pm daily but will remain open later on Saturday to show the Party at the Palace concert.  

A Celebration of Dickens - 4 and 5 June

Events and activities will also take place alongside the big screen picnic site in the castle grounds as a tribute to the queen’s Platinum Jubilee and to commemorate the life and works of Charles Dickens across the Dickens celebratory weekend.  

Getting to Rochester

There is limited parking available in Rochester, so we highly recommend those that are able, consider coming by train or bus. For those who are driving, car parks can be found here.

Arriving by bus

There are many bus stops in and around Rochester, and Rochester is well served by bus routes.

  • From Chatham: Arriva- 133, 140, 141, 190, 191, (193 Sundays) 700; Nu-Venture 151, 172, 173; ASD 197
  • From Gravesend: Arriva 190
  • From West Malling, Halling and Cuxton: Nu Venture 151
  • From Grain, Hoo: Arriva 191 (193 Sundays)

Plan your journey at

Arriving by train

Rochester Train Station is roughly a two-minute walk from the high street. Strood Train Station is under a 10-minute walk. Please visit Southeastern Trains' website to plan your journey.

Park and Walk

Park and Walk is available from Jacksons Field and Rochester Esplanade Thursday to Sunday. £3 per car.




Rochester Castle Gardens


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